ARGENTINA stood firm against a powerful Tonga in Pool C to take a giant stride towards the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals.
A ferocious early Tonga onslaught laid the platform for Kurt Morath’s try.
But Joaquin Tuculet and Juan Imhoff crossed as Argentina established a 20-13 half-time lead.
Argentina captain Agustin Creevy said Diego Maradona’s dressing room dance after the victory has inspired his team to push for World Cup glory.
Maradona, who won the football World Cup with Argentina in 1986, said he would watch the team again should they reach the semi-finals.
“He said the whole of Argentina was dreaming with us and everyone was behind us and supporting us. He was here because he wanted to be a part of this. We sung and danced and it was lots of fun,” said Creevy.
“It was something different and I could never imagine he would have been there. It was a beautiful surprise for all of us.” — BBC